The Czech Republic received a first shipment of three combat helicopters from Russia on Wednesday as part of a debt repayment, an official said.
Another seven Mi-35 helicopter gunships and 16 transport Mi-171 helicopters are to be delivered by the end of 2006 under the US$184 million deal, which was signed in September, Defense Ministry spokesman Petr Sykora said.
Russia owes about 17.9 billion koruna (US$778.2 million) to the Czech Republic.
The crisis between Ukraine and Russia is enriched by a new war front: the Sea of Azov. The body of water by the Kerch Strait sees a dangerous escalation
Representatives of the Russian Defence Ministry said that the missile that shot down the passenger Boeing 777 aircraft over the Donbass on July 17, 2014, was manufactured in 1986